Collecting the Animals

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The voice of these poems is clear and strong, rising as it does out of the earth to ?the celebrations of the reeds,? living simply and daily among cat-tail, wren, peacock, children, women, ?praising the coals of heaven? before settling back like the old men of boyhood ?wifeless and half wild, / In stained coats, dying like rainbows / from the feet up.? These are poems of the real triumphs we seldom understand, the visions of dawn and dusk over the fields and cities where we live, poems that finally embrace even ...

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The voice of these poems is clear and strong, rising as it does out of the earth to “the celebrations of the reeds,” living simply and daily among cat-tail, wren, peacock, children, women, “praising the coals of heaven” before settling back like the old men of boyhood “wifeless and half wild, / In stained coats, dying like rainbows / from the feet up.” These are poems of the real triumphs we seldom understand, the visions of dawn and dusk over the fields and cities where we live, poems that finally embrace even the emptiness “tasting its bitten face.” The book also includes a group of superb reconstructions of Aztec poems which, like Everwine’s own work, are sometimes so quiet they are merely a man speaking as plainly as he can of why he lives, and so exact as to be a poetry known long before poetry. That is why they are among the best we have today.

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Meet the Author

PETER EVERWINE was born in 1930 in Detroit, and raised in western Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Fresno, California, following his retirement from a teaching career. Collecting the Animals was the Lamont Poetry Selection in 1972 and was nominated for the National Book Award.

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Table of Contents

The Condition

How It Is
The Heavy Angel
Home from Duck Marsh
Collecting the Animals
Back from the Fields
Judah
Dorothy
The Hatch
We Meet in the Lives of Animals

THE AZTEC POEMS
The Clearing
To Tlaloc of the Rain
Hymn to the Sacred Birds
Hummingbird’s Song/Screech-Owl’s Song
To the Song Maker
Lament
Two Women’s Songs
Two Poems by Nezahualcoyotl
Two Poems by Ayocuan Cuetzpaltzin
Elegy for the Warrior Tlacahuepan
The City of Mexico
Moquihuitzin’s Answer
Two Poems by Tochihuitzin Coyolchiuhqui

The Brother
Looking into Things Clearly
The Children
At the Playground, Singing for Psychiatric Out-Patients
The Pets Keep Dying
Nightly Report from the Weather Bureau
Going
Getting There
One Morning, in the Alley Behind My House
You
Drinking Cold Water

Toward Daybreak
Morning Song
Living by Water
The Marsh: New Year’s Day
For the Coming Year
The Coat
Someone Knocks
The Gift
Learning to Speak
Just Before Sleep
Perhaps It’s As You Say
Gray Poem

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